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  1. The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has just had its Annual Conference in Copenhagen. Click here and here for 2 reports from Practice Update about some of the things discussed at ESMO 2016 and the implications for patients.
  2. Trial stopped - see below. Men who are on androgen deprivation therapy and who have metastases may be interested in the following Phase 3 clinical trial: A Study of Galeterone Compared to Enzalutamide In Men Expressing Androgen Receptor Splice Variant-7 mRNA (AR-V7) Metastatic CRPC (ARMOR3-SV) Details of this trial are available at XXXXXXXXX To be eligible, you must not have been treated with abiraterone, enzalutamide or chemotherapy. You must have detectable AR-V7 (your circulating tumour cells will be tested as part of the eligibility process).
  3. "These drugs are already in clinical trials for several types of cancer, and I am excited that our work suggests they could also benefit men with prostate cancer who have otherwise run out of treatment options." At this stage it's only trials in mice. There's a long way to go through clinical trials and regulatory approval before it can be prescribed for human patients. Click on this link to read about the research conducted at the Institute of Cancer Research in London.
  4. Cabazitaxel is a chemotherapy treatment which is used when patients become resistant to chemotherapy treatment with Docetaxel. Cabazitaxel improves overall survival in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) previously treated with Docetaxel. Androgen receptor splice variant 7 (AR-V7) in circulating tumuor cells (CTCs) from mCRPC patients was recently demonstrated to be associated with resistance to Abiraterone and Enzalutamide. A group of Dutch and Belgian researchers investigated whether this was also true for Cabazitaxel. They found that Cabazitax
  5. AR-V7 is an androgen receptor variant which, if found in the blood stream, disables the effectiveness of either Xtandi/enzalutamide or Zytiga/abiraterone acetate. I have prepared a summary of recent research about AR-V7 which is available at http://tinyurl.com/qbgpezo [Ed - Chuck's paper mentions blood tests for Circulating Tumour Cells (CTC) and AR-V7. These tests are not routinely available in Australia.]
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